Sunday, December 21, 2008

mmmm, Yuzu

Just gotta gush about one of my favourite smells ever - Im washing some wool interlock in readiness for a sewfest and the all time delishy scent of Yuzu is gently wafting through my house. mmmmmmm.... I love it!

I just saw my friend Mels' new portrait photos from Rachel Richter and Ive got to say that it is the FIRST time ever that Ive been tempted to plunge into the world of portraitry (new word, I know). I always thought they were corny - I guess Im thinking more about those 'photography studios' you get in some shopping centres where babies are put into wooden tubs, a flower put behind their ear and the bub wears a dumbfounded expression on its face. I really love Rachels blog! Lordy!

Well apart from two large custom orders that Im hammering through Ive got not too much else on, making two custom carriers and some clothes for me (WHAT?! Something for MEEEEEEE?! squeak squeak), some BohoMamas and something else.. I have forgotten something Im sure of it!

Im hoping to always keep pre-orders for my Woolly Nightpockets up on Ozebaby. There will be a week turnaround time with them and I will list the amount of pre-order slots that best fits into my sewing schedule.

As of next year I will be starting my custom draw too - it will be monthly and there will be two slots available. I will let everyone on my mailing list know when to send in an email to me to get in the draw. Winners of the draw can choose from anything I make for sale - BohoMama bags, nappies or carriers. Im yet to figure out what the limit will be, Im thinking it might be in hours - like, a max of 5 hours work for each slot. Does that make sense?

Anyway, I dont know if I will be posting before Santa visits, so heres to you all - and may he spoil you!!! Merry Christmas :)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Oh god this fabric ROCKS!

Need I say more??? :)

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The first official BohoMama for a wonderful mama :)

Im so excited about this. There was some drama a little while ago about people who cant sew but want a BohoMama, and the guidelines/restrictions that I have placed on my tutorial. It just highlighted to me that maybe I should make the odd one or two, to fulfill my desire to make something other than nappies and for those mamas that cant sew!

This one has all of the changes I have been wanting to make to the original design - it is turned and topstitched with decorative stitching, has three roomy interior pockets, a light coloured, stabilised and co-ordinating interior base to help find those pesky tiny things that disappear when you need them most, the zippered tail pocket, a pocket just below the beautiful flat o-rings that I sourced for these bags. The fabric I chose is an extremely hard to find (Ive seen it sell for $60/y) Kaufman Flower Power print matched with an electric purple twill. It is seriously awesome!

So, here is K's. I hope you love it!

My beautiful model is Betty, I love love love her (my new dressmaking mannequin). Isnt she great?

The inside

stitching and print

Beautiful Betty wearing the bag :)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

What the heck am I doing?


Well, apart from being SLOW and a little DOCILE right now, Ive been sewing up a storm!! Im about to test another lot of night nappies (for those that REALLY want a natural night nappy solution), the end product shouldnt be too far away :).

And check this out :)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

More nightly goodness

Ive got three Woolly Nightpockets ready to go TONIGHT at 7pm :). I will put the preview up today sometime.

Im hoping to have my custom orders out by MONDAY!!! And then I will be preparing for a Nurture Nappies stocking with the odd random listing here and there.

Hope to see you tonight!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

For Jess - nearly ready to get going

I will have more info on this as time goes on but boy we have been rushing on this. Thankyou to Bel from Wearitbaby! we have a store to stock our fundraising wahm-made goodies in. Ive also got to thank Wems ALREADY - she has done so much investigating, such a great super sleuth :). And to our wonderful beautiful mama Carmen for having one of the biggest hearts in this entire world. We are going to fundraise our hearts out here, because it is for Jess.

I have already pledged my WAHM-made goodness - a never available before Beetlebums 1/2 buckle baby carrier. Every single cent from this will go to Jess. I will have pictures as time goes on.

Im wondering though whether I need to start a 'For Jess' blog, to keep you all up to date on this important cause. Please comment and let me know what you think - and tell your friends, this special store will be opening very soon.

Monday, November 17, 2008

More coming from Beetlebums

I am making up some more Woolly Nightpockets today and tomorrow and hope to have them instock by Wednesday! I will update here before listing them of course :)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Tonights the night!

Ok, so the next Beetlebums stocking will indeed be tonight at 6.30pm AEST. There will be minky pockets, some Woolly Pullons and ......


Friday, November 14, 2008

There WILL be a stocking...

this weekend and it will be big!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

A hard decision

I have made a very difficult decision. I thought that I was up to making nappies, carriers and maybe bags for my store but for now Ive decided to backtrack. I somehow got myself dug into that hole that many peeps dig themselves into - and forgot to love what I was doing.

I love Beetlebums more than anything - its my baby! I would never let it go, want to develop more nappy designs and stay inspired and refreshed. I just dont know how many hands I think I have!

So for now I am just sending my carriers around for the fun of it. I have no view to make them to sell in my store any time soon - I am lucky enough to already be busy enough with what I do make for my store! Though you cant keep me down for long - Im totally inspired by my decision and am going to make a (wait for it...) carrier tonight!!!!! But this one is for me ;)

I feel relieved in most ways, but there is just a little part of me that feels frustrated. I have a fabric addiction that I need to excuse!!!!

Ive got a couple of large custom orders to get started on, and plan to take December off Beetlebums HOWEVER there will be a very special stocking before I take a break :). And of course I will still be around :).

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Just a little stocking

Ive got some nappies up and previewing right now on Ozebaby. They are going live at 12 noon!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

My sickness :(

Hi all, just thought I would let you know here that Ive been battling an acute ear infection for some time now, and have just been told by my Dr this morning that I need to stop for a bit to recover. My eardrum is about to perforate (she seems to think it inevitable). Its just my stupidity really that stopped me from being checked out sooner than this. Im in immense pain however I will be right as rain by the weekend (even sooner if my eardrum pops :shock:)

To those awaiting contact/packages, most are on their way, the rest will be express posted.

Im really sorry about this hiccup. I seriously havent felt this bad in a long long time. I will still be online sporadically (on Nappycino if you would like to get in touch there) and of course will answer all enquiries as soon as I can.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Boho Mama Bag Tutorial

I have done up a tutorial for my Boho Mama babywearing Bag. This is free to use but must NOT EVER be used in any way, shape or form for commercial purposes. I have put this tutorial up in good faith so please dont disappoint me.

Thursday, October 9, 2008


I just sent my tester carriers out this week! Im really excited and will make another couple this week Im hoping :)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Just another one ...

Im really busy sewing up customs right now but I will have the odd nappy or two up in the next couple of days, stocking randomly. This one is set to go off at some time between 2pm and 3pm today!

Hope you like it :)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

There are more on the way!

I will be finished a couple more Inside Outs tonight and will randomly list them - there will be a green Bird Seed, some Amy Butler and Michael Miller prints :). I will of course let my mailing list know ;).

Monday, October 6, 2008

The Stocking :)

Okey dokey - Im going to go ahead and stock what Ive got made tonight folks :). I should have a couple more up previewing today :D

How about 8.30pm? Dont worry Helen, I wont get it wrong this time!!! *Hugs*

Sunday, October 5, 2008

A couple of non nappy adventures!

Our first coffee tree!!!

Our new vege garden, the entire side of our yard is terraced and used to have allergen ridden weeds about 2m high! We ripped them out, it took a long time but I feel like it was worth it because...

This is the view from my sewing room (or Beetlebums HQ...)!! Now I need a sign for the fence that says 'Get back to work girly'.

Our first strawberries are coming on, we only planted this lil one last week and already it has thirteen flowers/baby strawberries on it. Its a freak of nature.

And another long shot of our awesome flower/vege terrace :).

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Custom Fabric Options Gallery now up on Ozebaby

Hey folks, Ive got my fabric options up now on Ozebaby so please have a little look!!

I will be activating Sock Monkey Inside Out this afternoon - probably around 2 or 3pm... I thought I would have alot more done but will have to trudge along at the pace Im going for a little while so I can keep the happy family vibes going on here at Beetlebums HQ!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Monthly Custom Slots

Ok, Ive been racking my brain about this, especially since Ive had a REALLY bad (worse than dialup believe it or not) Internet connection. I know how disappointing and frustrating it can be now to try and get (well, hyena) something and it slips through just because of this. So.... Im figuring out a fair way to get some of those people out there some Beetlebums! Im doing random stockings right now, as you know and I will be starting a monthly custom draw as of next month. There will be four slots, each strictly for one nappy only, and all you have to do is email me ( with 'Monthly Slot' in the subject.

Please dont email me just yet though. I will announce it here and send out an email when it is time, and there will be a couple of days where you can email so everyone has a chance.

I am also working on a photo tute of how to stuff a Beetlebum easily. I keep hearing how people find it hard but trust me there IS a method! I have massive man hands and I can stuff them quite easily this way and soon you will know!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

The next stocking!

Please do keep on looking back here to see what Im making today and tomorrow! Im going to be stocking randomly for a little while because I have a really really terrible internet connection that is really unreliable.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Inside Out AI2s

I thought I would put some of the Inside Outs that I stocked at the launch in here :).

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Tonights the night!

Inside Outs are launched TONIGHT - 8pm Brisbane time folks!

Pics coming as the day progresses however Ive got alot previewing right now - in my store

Sunday, September 7, 2008

P's custom order :)

Thought I would add a pic of a lovely gals custom order that is fluffing its way to her right now!

We went up to Kierans University graduation ceremony on the weekend. It was great, Ive never been to one so I was awestruck by the whole thing, and most of all were were proud of our man for his achievement. One of the speakers made a really inspirational speech (about business - surprisingly intriguing), I keep pondering some of his words.. Anyway, without further ado - here we are, Team Taylor!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Inside Out AI2s

A taste of what is to come in the next couple of weeks :). Ive got some COMPLETELY rockin prints, and these AI2s are just as reliable as any Beetlebum. Make sure you are in the know - join my mailing list now!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Custom Orders - Nappy Update

K - yours were sent today :)
Jaynes order (Nurture Nappies) sent today :)
M - your night nappies went today :)
L - your boosters are being finished and they will be off tonight or in the morning :)

There should be some Inside Outs previewing tonight here :). So please pop back in to have a look at what else Ive been working on!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Some non-nappy stuff!

My Peace Mei Tai - with Alexander Henry 'Peace' in the yellow colourway on Paprika canvas. I decided to do a shoulder applique - its one of the hands!

And my Floragraphix SSC on canvas. I love this print so much - its really understated with alot of detail. I made this with the intention of it being my first official tester but after making my Peace MT Im rethinking my shoulder width.... So its not a tester now! Anyway, sharing the babywearing love - I loaned my denim SSC today to a lovely girl at my local store. She is such a sweetheart and she always talks about my carriers when we go in there. Today I was wearing Peace and she commented again (her daughter is 1yo). So I popped in later on with a surprise. I really hope that she likes it - anything to keep a mama babywearing as long as she wants to....

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Gathering my supplies for an onslaught!

Well, an onslaught for my testers anyway. The Woolly Nightpocket will be ready to rock in the next couple of weeks and the Inside Out AI2 (Almost in Two) are just around the corner too.

I got out my SSC (soft structured baby carrier - a carrier with buckles basically) prototype that I made three years ago, and started testing way back then (there are a couple still in circulation appariently!). I thought I should dust off the pattern, tweak it a little and now Im on a fabric buying frenzy. Ive managed to get some super HTF out of print stuff as well as some that are beautiful, bold and amazing. My testers are awaiting thiers and I will post pics of the tester SSCs here before I send them out :). Im all charged up again about these - though they arent nearly for sale yet (so please just enjoy the pics!).

Taj and I in our current tester prototype

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Sorry :(

There was supposed to be some Beetlebum action tonight but Taj, Lola AND I are all sickly :(, I need to look after my babies.

Im really sorry, but rest assured that Im still sewing like crazy!!!

Friday, August 8, 2008

busy busy busy

Ive been beyond busy - sewing up a storm for Jayne at Nurture Nappies and putting the odd one or two aside for my next stocking.

I have a little teaser though - and they will be ready to go perhaps by spring (maybe even before). Dont got turning yourself INSIDE-OUT though ;). A new AI2 and fitted coming from Beetlebums - and Im not telling you any more!!

Hmmmmm, what else? Not alot. Im still obsessing about babycarriers and currently have some AMAZING beauties on the way - a Scandi or two, two Moshibabys and a Bamberoo. Holey Bajoley! Will post pics as soon as they come ;).

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

New Auctions up!

Ive put my two latest OOAKs up on my Ozebaby store! Im really excited about these - Taj got the reverse versions. So I can feel good (well, ok) about letting these ones go!!!

Look at my new labels!!!
Miss Lola has just come down with Chicken Pox :(. So Im going to shift my stocking over to a later date (believe me, Im still sewing so there will be lots there!). Im up to over thirty nappies now so its going to be huge!

I will advise of when the stocking will be in the next day or two (I may split it up to cope with my dismal internet connection) though I will have two special auctions previewing by tonight hopefully, due to go live on Sunday night.


Friday, July 18, 2008

Oh man, Im so excited - I got my beautiful new labels today from Colourstone . Im beyond impressed, I ordered them last Friday for goodness sakes! So, a week is all it takes!!

Anyway, Ive sewn labels on thirteen nappies and have more to do. Im thinking that a stocking is in the air - perhaps Sun 27 July?? :)

Pics to come!

Ive really really need a funky awesome apron, so I need to get onto that ASAP! And Ive been wanting to make some beautiful bookmarks - Im sick of dogearing my books!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Look at my little busy bee!!!!

Monday, July 14, 2008

In celebration of my new labels that are soon to be here, some rockin Beetlebums that are true OOAKs. There will be more of these babies coming in the next week or so :D.

I made a Bee-tlebum for Taj and will post pics tomorrow of him rolling around in it!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

My new labels!!!!!!!!!!! HURRAH!!!

And my latest DIY babywearing feats :)

A wrap conversion using a Storch Leo Marine that I dyed with Procion dyes purple as the straps and inner panel and the feature panel of Earthy Rainbow. It is super supportive and really comfy with the wide wrap style straps and structured padded waist :).

My Forest Green Waves ringsling with a wide pleated shoulder. I really really really LOVE this!!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Boutique Ribbons/Beetlebums Collaboration

Ive been lucky enough to be asked to create a special nappy for my beautiful friends new store, Boutique Ribbons!!!! I would definately be keeping this if Taj wasnt a boy :). It is a OOAK (one of a kind) minky pocket with minky cherries appliqued onto the front and back.